Rosemere Cancer Assessment Unit Appeal
On 17th January 2019 Rosemere in partnership with Blue Skies Hospital Fund at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launched the Rosemere Cancer Assessment Unit Appeal which aims to raise £100,000.
What is the Rosemere Cancer Assessment Unit Appeal?
The Rosemere Cancer Assessment Unit Appeal is a call to the local community and businesses of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to help us raise £100,000 and develop a brand new cancer assessment unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, specifically for local acute oncology patients. Located right next to the existing Oncology Day Unit, it will significantly improve the facilities available for cancer patients who receive their treatment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Rosemere Cancer Assessment Unit will:
1) Provide a facility for patients to attend if they have any complications or illness throughout the duration of their treatment, rather than having to go to a busy A&E department.
2) Assess patients on arrival and give fast access to the specialist treatment they need, delivered by an experienced member of the Oncology team.
3) It will provide, as an outpatient, procedures and treatments that previously might have meant a stay in hospital, making it less stressful and more convenient for patients and their families.
How Patients Will Benefit
At present approximately 10 cancer patients per day are admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital usually via emergency services and are nursed in wards across the hospital. The acute oncology team then provides these patients with specialist care, treatment and advice with the aim of putting in place a plan to reduce their length of stay and promote early discharge. This service has seen an increasing number of referrals over the past 5 years in line with the national trend for cancer diagnoses. In addition to this, incidence of cancer in Blackpool is 20% higher than the national average.
The new Rosemere Cancer Assessment Unit will provide a specific facility for these patients, helping improve all round patient experience and avoiding where possible, admission to hospital via A&E which can be particularly stressful for patients and their families. The unit will be designed to best meet the needs of patients in a relaxing and comfortable environment, with specialised facilities to provide flexibility and choice for patients. The new unit will also help reduce waiting times and delays for patients, helping reduce their time spent in hospital. It is anticipated that the new unit will be will benefit approximately 500 patients per year.
Thanks to the generosity of two local businesses, the appeal got off to a flying start. Both Beaverbrooks the Jewellers and Adcroft Hilton pledged £5000 and £2000 respectively to get us up and running.
How Can You Help
There are many ways in which you can help us raise the £100,000 needed to create the new Rosemere Cancer Assessment Unit at Blackpool Victoria. Here are just a few:
- Make a donation - however small. Every penny counts!
- Spread the word - let people know about the Appeal so they can help too, especially if you are a member of a WI, Rotary Club, Sports Club or Church group.
- Hold an Event - Get together with family, friends, work colleagues or neighbours to organise an event like a coffee morning, raffle or cake sale.
- Get your Company Involved - choose the Appeal as your Charity of the Year or join one of our events.
- Enter an Event - and be sponsored for the Appeal. Look out for our Walk in the Dark, Cross Bay Walk, Walk the Lights, Lytham Golf Day or any event that tickles your fancy!
- Volunteer - We will be collecting for the Appeal in all local supermarkets. If you can spare an hour or two we would love to have your help.
If you would like to get involved in the appeal in any way, please get in touch with our appeal fundraiser, Rebecca Hall on 01772 523598 or Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org . Rebecca is here to support your fundraising efforts in any way she can.